Thursday, September 15, 2011

USA Today Conducting "Greatest Dodger Poll"

USA Today has a blog which is going through baseball teams to have fans vote for the team's greatest all-time player. The Dodgers' poll has a surprising result with over 800 votes in the books. First, the candidates:

Don Drysdale: Drysdale was an eight-time All-Star, the 1962 Cy Young Award winner and twice was in the top five in MVP voting. He won 209 games, had a 2.95 career ERA and pitched in five World Series.

Gil Hodges: An eight-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover, Hodges ranks second in franchise history in home runs (361) and RBI (1,254). He played in seven World Series.

Sandy Koufax: Koufax was a three-time Cy Young Award winner, the 1963 National League MVP and had a 165-87 career record. In 1963, he had 11 shutouts, 306 strikeouts, a 25-5 record and a 1.88 ERA. In 1965, he threw the first perfect game by a lefty since 1880, his fourth career no-hitter. Arm problems contributed to his retirement at age 30.

Jackie Robinson: The man who integrated the major leagues was also a Hall of Fame player, with a .311 lifetime average and a dynamic combination of power and speed for a second baseman. He was the major leagues' first rookie of the year honoree, in 1947; two years later he was the NL's MVP, with a stat line that would make a modern middle infielder proud: a .342 average, a .432 on-base percentage, 16 homers, 124 RBI, 37 stolen bases and a .960 OPS (on- base-plus-slugging percentage).

Duke Snider: The Los Angeles native played long enough to be beloved on Brooklyn's Flatbush Avenue as well as Los Angeles' Chavez Ravine, hitting the final home run at Ebbets Field. He was an eight- time All-Star, Hall of Famer and worthy companion to fellow New York center fielders Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. Snider is the Dodgers' all-time leader in home runs (389) and RBI (1,271).

As of Wednesday evening, Koufax leads with a commanding 56% of the votes (889 votes recorded). Robinson is second with 24%, Snider at 14%, Drysdale 3% and Hodges 2%. [Eugenio Velez is at negative 936%.]


Fred's Brim said...

I heard Facebook was considering adding a Dislike button just for Eugenio

For the record, I actually don't dislike Eugenio, but do I enjoy the jokes

Nostradamus said...

I do dislike his stylings at the plate, however.

(from the look of him, that extends to ANY plate.)

spank said...

My boy Drysdale never gets the respect. He was only the fiercest pitcher the Dodgers ever had.

Steve Sax said...

Why don't I just start a I Dislike Eugenio Velez blog and post my layup-level potshots on that blog?

(goes to check if the domain is available)

Steve Sax said...

And nothing whatsoever to slight Koufax...but how is he ahead of Robinson 2-to-1? I find that a little surprising.

Maybe it reflects the USA Today-reading population...